Pictured Rocks

Munising, Michigan

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For 12 spectacular miles this route traces the rim of the Pictured Rocks escarpment, one of the truly iconic landscapes of the Upper Peninsula. Mile after mile of sandstone landscape art passes by, a rich collection of arches, sea caves, and overhangs. Spray Falls cascades off the craggy cliffs, clear-running streams rush to Lake Superior, and the view down, into the aquamarine water, is not too shabby either. The thing is, the sum total of walking this wild and craggy coast is considerably more than a mere list of its components. The long views from the points and promontories offer a strong sense of place, a feeling of traveling along a timeless landscape.
Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

by Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky (Falcon Guides)

For 12 spectacular miles this route traces the rim of the Pictured Rocks escarpment, one of the truly iconic landscapes of the Upper Peninsula. Mile after mile of sandstone landscape art passes by, a rich collection of arches, sea caves, and overhangs. Spray Falls cascades off the craggy cliffs, clear-running streams rush to Lake Superior, and the view down, into the aquamarine water, is not too shabby either.

The thing is, the sum total of walking this wild and craggy coast is considerably more than a mere list of its components. The long views from the points and promontories offer a strong sense of place, a feeling of traveling along a timeless landscape.

© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Munising
Distance: 13.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, (906) 387-3700 or (906) 387-2607, www.nps.gov/piro
Local Maps: USGS Indian Town, Wood Island SE, Grand Portal Point, Trappers Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Pictured Rocks

Recent Trail Reviews

3/29/2010
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Brilliant! This is the only way to see this natioanl lakeshore and give it justice. Take a camera and shut up! you will be along the ridgeline for most of this hike. your silence will bring out all of the wildlife, and the short cliff view trails are amazing to get that view from a peak jutting out into lake superior. NOT a trail for the faint of heart, bring a water filter and fill up regularly at creeks as beach access is limited. No cellphone signal so don't count on getting help quickly if you're hurt. Nice backpacker campgrounds along the route some have no fires, some have no water so get a map and develop a plan. Mosquito beach is a great place to stop and enjoy lunch and cool off and at miner's beach you can scale the rocks and jump into Lake Superior! (beware, it never gets warm)


8/24/2008
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I dropped in at miner's beach and hiked up to 12 mile it was beautiful. Personally my favorite was Chapel Rock and I wish I could have spent more time there but unfortunately the campground was full. I suggest that unless you are going in the off season that you reserve a camping spot in advance (it might be good to do in any case), I made the mistake of not doing so and had to go further than I had planned because I prearranged for my car to be picked up from miners beach by friends and have them meet me at 12 mile. But I will definitely be going back probably this winter.


5/6/2007
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Very peaceful and scenic hike. This was my first long term hike (3 days) and was a GREAT way to begin a long term passion for hiking.


1/1/1901
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This is one of my favorite trails as it combines the North Country Trail with the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Views are amazing, water is crystal clear, folks you meet along the way are awesome and times with friends are precious. Last time I did the whole thing was in Oct. 2007. We had a freak warming which produced temps in the mid-80s. Stable flies dogged much of our route. Luckily rain kept them away part of the time. I noticed that hiking WeBo, the last portion from Au Sable East to Grand Sable isn't as well marked with blue marks. Not a problem as the trail was good enough, though may be a problem for winter hikers.



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